This Week's TV: Is Revolution the new Supernatural, or the new Terra Nova?

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This week's television includes the premieres of three shows, including Eric Kripke's Revolution, in which all the technology fails. Except for hairstyling technology, which never fails. But that's not all! Also, there's a documentary about how NASA became the first Martian music label. And Dylan Hunt himself, Kevin Sorbo, tells the story of how he was haunted by a real-life ghost.


Check out all the details — and clips — from this week's TV below.


Phineas & Ferb (7:15 PM, Disney XD):
Randomly appearing on Monday instead of Friday.

"What'd I Miss?" - Phineas and the gang introduce Ferb and Perry to their newest project - training domesticated squirrels to live in the wild. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz aims to do a better job of seeing through his evil plans now that Agent P is back.

Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
We didn't get an announcement or clip about this episode from Cartoon Network, which we usually do — so it's possible there's not a new episode after all. But TV Guide and other listings say there is, and it's called "Ignition Point":

The guys sneak into the Fire Kingdom and are caught in a family feud.

There may also be a new Annoying Orange.

Alphas (8 PM, Syfy):
We didn't get to recap last week's episode, but it was pretty solid, especially the stuff with Stanton Parrish teaching free lessons to redshirts. This week:

"Falling": Rosen must decide how to proceed with the mole. Meanwhile, Hicks' son makes an unexpected visit; John is introduced to Rachel's parents; and Kat's first assignment has her on the trail of a powerful new street drug.

Warehouse 13 (9 PM, Syfy):
Honestly all you need to know about this episode is that it apparently features H.G. Wells and Mrs. Frederic geeking out together — and probably figuring out more about the side effects of the astrolabe in five minutes than Artie's managed this whole season on his own.

Pete and Myka uncover people who are rusting away in West Virginia. Meanwhile, Steve tries to quit his dependence on the Metronome by visiting his hometown; and Artie reveals the truth about Brother Adrian to Mrs. Frederic and H.G. Wells.

Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
Chances are you've already seen the pilot episode for this high-concept show, since it's been online for ages. We quite liked this pilot when we saw it at Comic-Con, because it avoids the mopeyness of most post-apocalyptic shows, and instead goes for a swashbuckling adventure tone. But it remains to be seen whether this show will gel the way Kripke's Supernatural did, or fall victim to its huge "starting over" concept, the way Terra Nova did. Fingers crossed! Here's how NBC describes the show:

What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape void of electricity: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever.

Honestly, if you've got a decent-sized television, this is worth watching just to see a one-hour mini-movie directed by Jon "Iron Man" Favreau. Check out a few clips here.


Dragons: Riders of Berk (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
Check out a brand new clip from this week's episode, "In Dragons We Trust." In which:

The dragons are falsely accused of vandalism and banished from Berk, leaving the island vulnerable to an attack by Alvin and the Outcasts.


Alvin and the Outcasts should be a really bad Adam and the Ants cover band.

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Level Up (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
Every show has to have its own "school dance" episode, and Level Up is facing up to the challenge!

The Level Up Gang Goes to the Dance, But Do They Have the Right Moves? On this week's episode of Level Up, the gang tries to relax from their duties for once, but are caught off-guard when an old nemesis returns.


Also on TV tonight: At 7 PM, Cartoon Network has a brand new Amazing World of Gumball. And there's a new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel at 9 PM.

Wednesday: Reach for the Stars (10 PM, Science):
Why is Mohawk Guy looking so happy in this video? Because the Black Eyed Peas' has a new song, and it's being premiered... on Mars! Why should Earth get all the jams first? Gimmicky? Sure. But also possibly fun. Here's the details, via Broadway World:

The special documents the artistic and technical process behind "Reach for the Stars,"'s newest single that became the first song ever to be broadcast from another planet to Earth.

[Recently, NASA's] Curiosity [rover] returned's new song "Reach for the Stars" as — for the first time in history - recorded music was broadcast from a planet to Earth. REACH FOR THE STARS profiles's passion for science and his belief in inspiring the next generation of scientists through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. REACH FOR THE STARS also gives viewers a window into his creative process, as well as the recording of the song with a full children's choir and orchestra. In addition, viewers also go inside the engineering challenges NASA faced in uploading the song to Curiosity, and the hard work required to make the historic 700 million mile interplanetary broadcast a reality.



Misfits (10 PM, Logo):
Somehow we missed that this British classic was back on Logo — sorry about that. This week: Episode two of season two.

When long-lost brother Jamie arrives at the community centre, Nathan is surprised to see him. After going to a club, the group end up taking some drugs that reverse their superpowers. The mysterious masked man makes yet another appearance.


Wilfred (10 PM, FX):
The season finale! In "Secrets," "Wilfred and Ryan are confronted by shocking existential questions about life and love."


Transformers Prime (7 PM, The Hub):
In "Legacy,"

Jack works with Smokescreen to find a new relic; Megatron fights Optimus Prime for the discovery of a legendary weapon.

Gravity Falls (9:30 PM, Disney):
Nooooo! Gideon is back, and this time he's taking everything. He wants the Mystery Shack, the kids, the whole shebang. Here's the description (Thanks Melvin!):

Dipper feels self-conscious that Mabel is taller than him and is becoming the alpha twin, so he seeks out a magic way to grow himself the same height. Meanwhile, Lil' Gideon takes advantage of Dipper's and Mabel's height discrepancies.

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
The third season of this Stephen King-inspired show starts off with a blast.

In the third-season opener, Nathan and Duke look for Audrey. Meanwhile, the town experiences its oddest events ever, which may lead to more disappearances.


Also on TV tonight: A brand new My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 7:30. And then at 10 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Dragon Ball GT ("The Five Star Dragon").


Ben 10: Onniverse (9 AM, Cartoon Network):
Here's the official premiere of this show, which had a sneak peek on August 1. In "The More Things Change, Part 1 and 2," we get the brand new status quo for Ben Tennyson. Kevin and Gwen are gone, since Gwen got early enrollment at an Ivy League college, and Kevin followed her. So Ben's on his own — until he gets a brand new partner, Rook. In Part 2, airing for the first time, Ben and Rook explore an alien city.

Doctor Who (9 PM, BBC America):
In "The Power of Three," the Doctor comes down to Earth for a long, long stay — and Rory's dad is back!

The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky. But what are they, what's inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it's left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.


Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 PM, Biography):
Normally I'd rather eat ectoplasm than include one of these paranormal reality TV shows — but this one features Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo telling his celebrity ghost story. Which could actually be quite amusing.


Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (11 AM, Disney XD):
These shows keep sounding more and more entertainingly demented. This time out:

"I Am Spider-Man" - Peter is shocked to discover that Midtown High is putting on a Spider-Man musical starring Flash Thompson as Spidey. Things only get worse when the Trapster mistakes Flash for the real Spider-Man.
"Code Red" - Mysterious fumes in the Avengers' mansion cause everyone to suddenly feel sick, including the civilians outside. Luckily, Iron Man's suit is sealed off from the danger, so he must try to figure out what is going on before the Secretary of Defense, Dell Rusk, shuts down the Avengers.


Robot Chicken (Midnight, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network):
It's "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"!

Featured: post-concert activities with Alvin and the Chipmunks; Mary Poppins' unusual behavior; the truth behind B.A.Baracus' distaste for flying; G.I. Joe's war experience.


That's preceded by the season finale of Black Dynamite.

Also on TV tonight: Another brand new My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 8:30.


Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.



I'm still massively disappointed with Revolution.

It's clearly trying to drag the world back to the 1700's, but there is absolutely no reason for it.

Electricity aside the show neglects advancements in design and construction of modern tents, swords, guns, furniture as well as completely forgets about things like roads, glass, rivers and steam engines.